Gear Son recently added a new knife to his collection – the Benchmade Saddle Mountain Skinner. Since I haven’t had this knife long enough to give you a full review, I will be giving my first impressions and an overview of the knife. The Saddle Mountain Skinner is a beautiful fixed blade knife that comes with a pressure-fit leather holster/sheath. It has an overall length of 8.73 inches, a blade length of 4.17 inches, a weight of 4.70 ounces, and the option to choose between a diamond wood handle or a G10 handle, as well as an optional gut hook on the back of the knife.
When I was at REI looking at fixed blade knives, based on the appearance of this knife and the Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter, I thought that the 162 Bushcrafter was going to be the knife that was going to feel nicer in the hand as well as feel like a better outdoors knife; however, after I felt that knife and the Saddle Mountain Skinner, The Saddle Mountain Skinner definitely felt a lot nicer in my hand.
The knife that I finally ended up choosing was the Saddle Mountain Skinner with a Diamond wood handle. It has a very nice feel and weight, along with a very nice grip for fine control of the knife. It has jimping near the handle, as well as higher up on the spine near the tip, which allows for precise control of the knife when needed. The knife comes with a beautiful pressure-fit leather holster which has a sewn-on belt loop on the back of it. The G10 handle version of this knife has the option of a kydex holster. While this is a very nice looking leather sheath, it is not my favorite. I wish that the sheath would have a clip on it that allowed you to use it without a belt, and it also does become scuffed very easily if you rub it against something. As with all Benchmades, you have the option of the Lifesharp program from Benchmade. This program allows you to send your knife back to Benchmade where they will sharpen the blade back to exactly the condition it was when purchased, without charging you anything.
Initially, I am very happy with this knife, and I look forward to testing it further to see how it performs when it is truly needed in the wilderness. Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the page to see a video review of this knife!
Initial Rating: 4.5 Paws (out of 5)
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